NEMA Repatriates 975 Stranded Nigerians from Niger, Advocates Legal Migration

NEMA Repatriates 975 Stranded Nigerians from Niger, Advocates Legal Migration

In a commendable effort, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has successfully repatriated 975 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic in 2023. Dr. Nuradeen Abdullahi, the Coordinator of NEMA’s Kano Territorial Office, revealed this significant development during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kano.

The returnees, consisting of 561 male, 152 female adults, and 262 children from various states including Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Borno, Yobe, Sokoto, and Bauchi, were brought back under the auspices of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The initiative was part of a voluntary repatriation program aimed at assisting distressed individuals who had embarked on journeys to various European countries in pursuit of greener pastures but were unable to continue due to unforeseen challenges.

Dr. Abdullahi highlighted that the returnees underwent training in diverse skills and were provided with seed capital to empower them towards self-reliance. In his advice to Nigerian youths, he emphasized the importance of avoiding irregular migration and endangering lives. Abdullahi urged the youth to explore opportunities in Nigeria, stressing that determination is key to survival.

He cautioned against illegal means of seeking greener pastures abroad, emphasizing the risks associated with human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. The NEMA Coordinator called for a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness about the perils of illegal migration and advocated increased surveillance at the borders to prevent individuals from leaving through unofficial channels.

Emergency officials from the respective states, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, Nigeria Red Cross, and security agencies were actively involved in handling the returnees. This initiative stands as a testament to the commitment of NEMA in addressing the challenges faced by Nigerians abroad while encouraging lawful migration processes.

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